Oakland community College Partnership

Oakland Community College (OCC) joins Arts, Beats & Eats through a strategic partnership to again bring a variety of the school’s visual and performing arts elements to life throughout the festival weekend, along with new features highlighting the college’s first responder training programs. OCC and its students will participate with special live performances, art exhibitions and cooking demonstrations for attendees to enjoy and learn. 




OCC First Responder Simulator and Touch-A-Truck Event

Oakland Community College is proud to provide the majority of first responder training in the region. Part of their training includes a virtual driving simulator for students and area police, fire and EMS agencies. This year the community can experience the simulator at Arts, Beats & Eats! OCC will also host a touch-a-truck style event near the festival kids zone, featuring their brand new state-of-the-art fire truck.


Visit the Oakland Community College Art Gallery and Exhibition Space inside the Juried Fine Art Show.   Showcasing student art work in several media, the art gallery and exhibition space will also host demonstrations through out the weekend. 


This year, all OCC Student performances on the OCC Cultural/Acoustic Stage will take place on OCC Day - Saturday at the festival. All students and employees of OCC can take advantage of free admission from 11am-5pm just by using their ID.                                                       


OCC’s Music Department presents a music student showcase that will feature past and present students in the music department.


The OCC Theatre Program is very happy to present 2 shows...a few scenes from our upcoming season. as well as a Fight Choreography demonstration from one of our former students - Phil DeVone

On The Wings Of A Butterfly - A playwright tries to come to terms with the scope of the disaster in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Extremely - Two "extreme" sports nuts, take the lifestyle to its extreme end.

Free - It's only when a subway passenger strips down to his socks that he truly experiences freedom.

Shape of Things (2 scenes) -  A young female art student who seduces, and eventually completely transforms her lover into her Master's Thesis art project. Wonderfully dark piece of theatre with a great ending.



The Culinary Studies Institute plans to produce a chopped style competition for 1.5 hours from 5:00p – 6:30p on Saturday August 31st

The competition consists of 3 competitors each supported by an assistant, completing 2 stages of competition. After an introduction the competitors will begin a 20 min segment where they will produce a salad; they will produce 10 plates. The assistants will then present one plate to each judge, and distribute the rest of the plates to audience members.

The second phase of competition will begin immediately after 1 contestant is eliminated. The remaining two competitors will have 30 min to prepare an appetizer and must produce 20 plates. The assistants will then present the plates to the judges and share the rest among audience members. A winner will be selected by the judges.

During the cooking portions of the competition the performance will be punctuated with interviews and audience participation activities